The DHO Schoolboys’ Races started in 1999 to complement the very popular Schoolgirls’ Races, which have been running since 1959. The races were first run in Veysonnaz and have grown every year to the point where they have become just as popular as the girls’ event with over 60 schools represented and 28 school teams competing.
After Veysonnaz, the races moved to the DHO’s home village of Wengen. The number of competitors continued to expand making it necessary for the races to move again, to Les Menuires in France, and now to Meiringen/Hasliberg, Switzerland.
The Boys U14 GS took place on Monday 27th in very good conditions. Dexter LEE representing Millfield finished in 3rd place followed by Judson RABEY in 4th. Justin REID finished 5th. Experienced skier but novice racer, Freddie GAY finished was placed 21st. The U16 event again saw some very good performances by Hemel members. Daniel BARTON had two good runs and eventually finished in 2nd place in a field of 72. Morgan DAVIS came home in 8th place and Jonty REID 27th. Jordan LOWE after having a good first run, positioned in 4th place failed to complete Run 2.
The following day saw the Slalom element of the competition. In the U14 competition Dexter Lee after finishing in 3rd place after Run 1 was DNS Run 2. The fate of Justin Reid was the same, good time in Run 1 but was DSQ Run 2.Freddie Gay also got caught on the last tricky third of the course and was DSQ. All three boys got caught out at Gate 36 of 41 as did most of the other entrants who were DSQ in Run 2. The Boys u16 race saw Daniel BARTON climb onto the podium finishing 1st nearly 4 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed racer. Jonty REID finished 8th and Morgan Davis finished in 33rd. Jordan Lowe DSQ Run 1. On the same day the MINIs competed, this was from the boys born between 2002 and 2004. Dominic BARTON finished 4th through the stubbies and new Hemel member, Henry MANDENO finished 11th.